ברטעה-ריחן, טורה-שקד, עאנין
06:00 – Barta'a – Reihan Checkpoint, Evening of the Jewish Holiday of Sukkot
We immediately understood that the checkpoint would only open at 07:00 because of the approaching holiday, so we drove to A'anin checkpoint.
06:20 – A'anin Checkpoint
The soldiers arrived at the same time we did. At 06:28 five farmers crossed the checkpoint to work in their fields located on the other side of the fence that separates them from their village.
We heard loud shouting from the far gate located in the middle of the checkpoint and crossing was halted.
A vehicle from the Liaison and Coordination Administration arrives and parks near the middle gate. At 06:40 we heard a soldier calling: "Get back! You, get back!" At 06:55 the soldiers were still waiting for people to calm down. We heard people shouting: "Open! Open!" At 07:00 the soldiers opened the middle gate and entered. The first worker came through at 07:03. We heard loud shouting and quarrelling near the gate and after a minute the soldiers locked the gate again. At 07:15 the soldiers opened the gate again but the shouting resumed, and at 07:25 the soldiers locked the inner gate and left. Apparently they had forced the people to move back and locked the gate. About 200 people who had gotten up to go to work never got there. An Israeli Arab who was standing with us condemned the behavior of the residents of A'anin and condoned the behavior of the soldiers. However, it appears that despite the efforts of the soldiers to operate the checkpoint, a large number of people were punished and prevented from going to work because of the bad behavior of a few.
07:40 – Tura Shaked Checkpoint
We were told that the checkpoint opened on time. A man and woman arrive on their way to harvest olives. The schoolchildren arrive from Dahar Al Malakh on the road leading up to the checkpoint.
08.00 Barta`a checkpoint
The parking attendants informed us that the parking lot was not full today because there was a closure due to the holiday and people are not working as usual. At 08:15 a short line formed because an army jeep entered the checkpoint from the security road. People who work in Barta'a and in the seamline zone will be able to return later as usual.
Photo: A short line at Barta'a Checkpoint